There seem to be two designers that have a strong influence over the collections thus far – Hussein Chalayan from his early work and Rei Kawakubo. The Chalayan Construct_ _was evident in the styling and presentation of the Marios Schwab collection for Halston – the hats may link back to the start of Halston’s career as a milliner but they remind me more of Chalayan’s headpieces. As do the almost medical-looking boots and the set design of the presentation. Jarring […]
Director Jean-Jacques Beineix is probably more famous for Betty Blue but his 1981 debut, “Diva”, has a beauty of its own. Several, in fact. The first being American soprano Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez, who plays a determined, beautiful opera singer, Cynthia Hawkins, that refuses to record any of her work. I very much like this idea of a singer who has never heard their own voice played back to them. The incredibly beautiful Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez What draws me to Diva isn’t […]
The madness is about to begin. Let’s see in the womenswear season with some lovely images from Halston – one of the most highly anticipated shows. Where will London-based Marios Schwab take it? Will Liza approve? Questions…I really hope he pulls it off and brings direction and energy to the brand. They both deserve it. Another Balenciaga success story in the making?
This is going to be a long post I must warn you. I’ll be sharing some thoughts on the three protagonist houses showing Haute Couture in Paris: Givenchy, Giorgio Armani and Chanel. A 70′s redux runs through those shows like the finest silk thread and I can see the shadow of one man cast over all three collections – Halston_ Give Me More// Givenchy par Riccardo Tisci Reading Suzy Menkes’ and Sarah Mower’s reviews of Tisci’s efforts he pretty much […]